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Trump camp claims he was ‘tortured’ in Fulton County Jail

Donald Trump’s team on Monday sold coffee cups with a picture of Trump’s face on them, claiming that he was “tortured” in Fulton County Jail when he appeared in court in August on election fraud charges.

“Remember what they did to me? They tortured me in the Fulton County Jail and they took my mug shot. And guess what happened?” In a fundraising pitch from his campaign,.

“I printed it on a mug for the whole world to see!”

The message offered fans the opportunity to purchase a “limited edition” coffee cup printed with a photo of Trump’s face grimacing at the time of his arrest.

Donald Trump glares into the camera for his historic mug shot. AP

At the time, Trump was the first former US president to have his mug shot taken and to serve time in prison in a criminal case. The scene lasted just over 20 minutes.

He was originally charged with 13 counts for allegedly meddling in Georgia’s 2020 election, but that number was later reduced to 10.

Trump’s fundraising efforts intensified immediately after his arrest, raising $4.18 million in the first 24 hours after his arrest, including selling T-shirts and other memorabilia featuring his mugshot from the time of his arrest.

The fundraising bomb suggests Trump was “tortured” during prison proceedings on criminal charges in Georgia.

His campaign said his team broke that record last month, raising a staggering $53 million within 24 hours of his conviction in a Manhattan “hush money” case.

Trump blew past President Biden in fundraising in May, raising a staggering $141 million for his own campaign and the Republican National Committee combined, according to figures from both races.

The former president was taken in a motorcade to the Fulton County Jail for a brief detention after being indicted on election fraud charges in Georgia. Getty Images
Trump spent just over 20 minutes inside the Fulton County Jail. AP

By contrast, Biden’s team and the Democratic National Committee claimed to have raised $85 million in May.

The Trump team ran a similar fundraising campaign in May that appeared to use similar language about torture.

During his campaign, Trump boasted that he had more criminal allegations against him than Al Capone and criticized the prosecution’s case against him.

Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis continues to fight to lead the prosecution of President Trump. AP

The 45th president faces 54 criminal charges across three indictments. He has denied any wrongdoing and has pleaded not guilty to all of them.

He is scheduled to be sentenced July 11 in the Manhattan hush money case for which he was convicted in May on 34 counts of hush money.

This comes just days before the Republican National Convention, which runs from July 15-18 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.